The Weston Road Academy

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learning resource centre

The LRC is open daily between 8.30 and 3.00 including break and lunchtime and supports the Academy via a combination of services and resources.  This is ensured by supporting our students to develop research and retrieval skills and focus on independent learning, encouraging familiarity with library research processes and key information skills, whilst using a wide range of available resources with appropriate guidance on researching the internet safely and effectively.

The LRC also encourages reading for recreational purposes and focuses on reading for pleasure by fostering and developing reading and literacy skills via a wide range of popular current fiction and non- fiction books that are refreshed twice a year.

We also offer a National Literacy Reading Passport which is available to all our year groups as a reading incentive scheme.

Available Resources

We provide a welcoming environment focusing on student need and hold a selection of resources applicable to the Academy curriculum.  We also hold a selection of magazines such as ‘Focus’, ‘National Geographic’, ‘Flipside’, ‘Catalyst’, ‘Biological Sciences’, ‘Horrible Science’, ‘Horrible Histories’, ‘Wildlife News’,  ‘White Dwarf’, ‘School Sports’, ‘Tennis’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ genealogy magazines and a selection of Careers guidance resources.

There is also a designated computer area comprising of ten computers which can be booked by students at lunchtime to do research, complete homework or coursework and a further ten computers on the upper mezzanine level for use by 6th formers.

An established Careers library is centrally located on the mezzanine level where Professional Careers Advice is available by appointment with Mr P Gormley.

Other facilities consist of a portable laptop trolley and a drop down whiteboard available for class use and group bookings. Alpha smarts for SEN use. Kindles and Catch Up Literacy book sets including online access to digital games are also available on request for motivating dis-engaged readers.

LRC Events

The Librarian holds bi-annual author guest visits at the Academy where students are offered the chance to meet a famous author and are selected to take part in a creative writing workshop and receive a signed copy of their favourite read.  

Outside events are also organised to promote reading and in 2014/15 students were selected to attend The Garrick Theatre in Lichfield in order to attend a presentation and have their books signed by Charlie Higson and Cathy Cassidy. Recent visitors to the Academy where Jonathan Stroud and Harriet Goodwin.

Extra curriculum-based activities & Competitions

We also provide a number of extra-curricular activities and seasonal story writing competitions which enable our students to participate in and learn new skills, practice existing skills and win prizes.  Activities include an after school reading club, literacy based activities/quizzes, re-cycling activities and a Genealogy Workshop.

The LRC’s most obvious contribution is the before & after School Study Club. This takes place in the newly refurbished G7 classroom. 

Session Times:

Before School: 8:00 - 8:40

After School:    3.05 - 4.00

Study Club is a free resource we offer Mon – Thurs in order to support our students and help consolidate their work. Students are assisted to focus on research & retrieval skills and encouraged to prioritise homework deadlines using our online resource Show My Homework

Study Club enables pupils of all year groups to complete their homework in a structured and supportive environment, whilst accessing our I.T facilities and all other available resources with the support of the Librarian & Homework Officer Ms Baker.

Points are awarded for attendance and for each completed piece of homework, with a prize of a 4GB memory stick given each term for the most points gained. 

(Before school study club in G7 (8.00 – 8.30) is a designated drop in zone for students with homework to complete)

The After school study club in G7 is usually heavily over-subscribed and is not classed as a drop in session, therefore all students must hand in a completed parental consent form.

A consent form can be collected from the Academy Librarian & Homework Officer, (Ms Baker) email: abaker@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk or alternatively for any queries please telephone: (01785) 356719

How the LRC promotes Literacy Interventions:

The Academy Librarian & Homework Officer also facilitates literacy interventions for yr 7 students who require additional support with literacy.

Our Catchup Literacy Intervention is a structured programme aimed at students working below a level 4/5 in yr 7.

After initial assessments a specialised one to one programme is structured around the individual student’s needs. Using baseline/transitional data, student progress is continually tracked and assessed.

On line Lexia group sessions are also available for students requiring additional support in literacy in conjunction with the Head of SEN and the Academy Librarian. (Mr J Hackett) jhackett@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk

 

Literacy Interventions at the Weston Road Academy LRC

  • Catch up Literacy one to one interventions.
  • Lexia Interventions
  • ‘Everyone A Reader’
  • Mapping Library Aims against key policies
  • Creating a Reading Community involving parents: http://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/schools/7970
  • Year 6 primary school transition visits
  • Summer school Reading Challenge
  • Reading Passport – 10 Book Reading challenge – available to all year groups.
  • Individual Reading Plans
  • BBC Radio 2 – 500 words short story competition (annual)
  • Seasonal literacy short story/poetry competitions
  • Book Discussion Group
  • Guided Reading sessions
  • Young Teenage Fiction Awards
  • ‘Reading Force co-ordinator’ (aimed at children from Armed services/personnel families)
  • Author visits

 

Please contact Ms Baker, Librarian & Homework Officer: abaker@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk  or tel: (01785) 356719 for further information on any of our resources/interventions.